The influence of Greek culture on Western Australia will be celebrated between 19 and 28 October with the first ever Perth Greek Festival presented by LiveLighter.

The Perth Greek Festival gives the Perth community the opportunity to experience the food, customs, buildings, music and dance that are mainstays of the many different Greek community groups in Western Australia.

The events and activities start on 19 October and build up to the Greek Festival Day on 26 October with an outdoor festival at Russell Square in Northbridge.

The Perth Greek Festival then culminates with Oxi Day – the Greek National Day – on 28 October 2019 at Kings Park. 

Other highlights of Perth Greek Festival include:

Greek Heritage Walking Trail: join renowned Perth historian Dr John Yiannakis for a walking tour profiling the Greek people, businesses and cultural history of North Perth and Northbridge. Participants will develop an understanding of the role of these two historical Perth suburbs in the development of the Greek community and their significant contribution to Western Australia. This is your chance to sit less and move more and start to LiveLighter! 

Planted, Plucked and Pickled: for those who have that olive tree in the backyard and don’t know what to do with it. Join Stan Kailis, co-author of Producing Table Olives, for a workshop to widen your knowledge and take you on a journey from planting and caring for your olive tree, to harvesting and processing your olives to share with family and friends. 

Greek Kitchen Masterclass: join The Food Philosopher, Yianni Stamatiou, as he guides you through traditional Greek recipes from old favourites to some of the lesser known staples of the Greek kitchen. This is an opportunity to extend your cooking repertoire and add a little Greek to your day.

Greek Movie Night: Greece has a proud history in cinema and they are proud to present a free screening of the award winning film, A Touch of Spice at the Northbridge Piazza.

The Jews of Greece, Then and Now Photographic Exhibition: a remarkable insight into the life of Romaniote Jews and the smaller groups of Ashkenazi Jews of Europe who make up the Greek-Jewish community. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Council.

Boxopolis: local artists have combined forces with Mt Hawthorn Primary School to design and build Greek chariots out of cardboard boxes to be paraded on Festival Day.

Festival Day: the culmination of the Perth Greek Festival with food and market stalls, live performances, demonstrations and plenty of other activities. Don’t miss your chance to talk Mediterranean gardens with Sabrina Hahn, dance up a storm and sample a taste of Greece.

Hellenic Community of Western Australia President Savvas Papasavvas said the Perth Greek Festival was an event for all Western Australians.

“While the festival is of course very much for the Greek community of Western Australia, its real value is in spreading all that is good about Greek culture to the people of Perth.

“The Greek community has made great contributions to Western Australia for many decades and we are very proud of that.

“The Perth Greek Festival is an opportunity for people to sample Greek culture, Greek history, Greek music and of course Greek food in Perth.

“There are many great events and activities to see and be part of, so I encourage everyone to come and get an insight into this remarkable and beautiful country.”

The Perth Greek Festival presented by LiveLighter is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Lotterywest and the City of Perth.

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